A Big Year for Boardgames - yet another 2008 year in review geeklist
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2008 was a huge year for games for me. Here is my year in review of boardgames I played for the first time, sorted by highest rating first.

Also, this is my first attempt at a geeklist. Your comments are welcome.

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1. Board Game: Chicago Express [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:362]
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Wabash Cannonball / Chicago Express was the best game of 2008, hands-down (sure WC came out in '07).

The rules are simple, the strategy deep, all in about an hour.
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2. Board Game: Pampas Railroads [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:3533]
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Pampas Railroads is Wabash Cannonball on steroids; longer and deeper. I need to play this more.
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3. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:26]
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When I'm not playing train games, I'm playing Civ 4 (video game). Through the Ages scratches the civ itch nicely. I find this plays very well as 2-player only.
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4. Board Game: Locomotive Werks [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:2690]
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A novel market demand mechanism for a great economic game. Glad to see this available again.
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5. Board Game: Age of Scheme: Routes to Riches [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:9380]
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A simple and straightforward railroad game with a completely different theme. A lot of fun.
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6. Board Game: West Riding [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:10589]
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A brain burner of a game. I'd like to streamline the calculations a bit but this is my kind of game.
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7. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:4]
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Played a couple face-to-face and PBeM. Not my favorite game and quite a departure from the types of games I like, but still a lot of fun. I love the theme and how the game works it out.
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8. Board Game: Railways of Europe [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked]
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An excellent expansion for Railroad Tycoon. I've used this game to introduce casual gamers to Age of Steam.
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9. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:17]
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OK, I guess I should add this.

Agricola is pretty good, I must admit. It's fun for both the family and casual gamers, as well as heavier gamers. Good strategy, just not my type of game.
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10. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:98]
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I picked this up for a good price off eBay. I thought it would be good to try something different for when there are only 2 for game night. Some good fun here, but again, not my type of game.
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11. Board Game: Brass: Lancashire [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:34]
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I want to like this game. I'm sure there's more here.

But it's just so fiddly and the game group gave up on it.
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12. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Washington DC and The Berlin Wall [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
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Honorable Mention.

Age of Steam is probably my favorite game. 2008 saw a lot of new AoS expansions, most of which I've purchased but haven't played yet.

2008 also saw me playing as well as designing AoS Vassal modules (thank you Chuck Parrott for the guidance and help!).

Many of these games have been posted as session reports by Fubar Awol. A memorable one was the AoS Team's Berlin Wall - surprisingly fun and tense.
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13. Board Game: German Railways [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1840]
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Honorable Mention.

I ordered the 2008 Winsome Games Set through the tireless JC Lawrence, but it has yet to arrive. I can't wait! 2009 will be another great year.
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14. Board Game: Steel Driver [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:957]
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Honorable Mention.

I pre-ordered this directly from Warfrog back in September and have yet to get it to the table.
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